It was May 2, 1986. Prince Charles and Lady Di were in Vancouver to open the 1986 World Exposition on Transportation & Communication - known more famously as Expo '86. As part of their tour of our beautiful city, the royal couple paid a visit to my beloved Granville Island - the place where I grew up.
Granville Island, May 1986
I was only 8 years old, and was doing a nightly dance performance at Expo '86. My dance school was located in the heart of Granville Island, and our dance company was asked to do a short performance for the royal couple to commemorate their visit.
As soon as my number was over, I remember running with my friends, and standing in a line facing the beautiful princess. She walked along the line of excited children, taking the time to greet each of us one-on-one. I remember thinking - she doesn't look like a princess, she's not wearing a big sparkly dress and a tiara like Cinderella. My excitement grew as she approached my spot in the line. I couldn't believe I was finally going to meet a real princess!
When it was my turn, she bent down and leaned in close so that she was at my eye level. She smiled at me and said in a soft voice, "That was lovely!" She then handed me a long-stemmed red rose, flashed a sincere grin, and moved on to the next child in line.
It was a memorable moment for me, one that I will never forget. I don't have a picture - heck, I don't even have the rose anymore! But I will always remember how she took the time to speak to each and every one of us - just a group kids from a little dance school in Granville Island. A small reminder of the beautiful person she was.
Post inspired by Mama Kat's Writer's Workshop.